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Join New Jersey Audubon and our partner organizations for some historic first looks at Petty’s Island!

Situated in the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, Petty’s Island is
an oasis for birds and other wildlife.

All Petty’s Island Field Trips are limited to 25 people. All participants must be 12 and older (grade 6+).  Access to the island is restricted; directions are provided upon registration.
Facilities on the island are also limited so please plan accordingly.

Registration is required – no exceptions.

 To register please go to the Eventbrite registration link provided for each event.
Registration links available 4 to 6 weeks prior to event.

All participants MUST be 12 years or older.
(grade 6 and up)

Sorry, no phone or email registrations accepted. 


Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday, April 7
8:30 a.m. to Noon

Petty's Island is privately-owned and is in the midst of an amazing transformation from an active marine terminal and oil storage facility into a public park. Access to the island is limited, so don't miss this opportunity to see the island and help in its transformation. We will be doing a cleanup of the shoreline where marine debris threatens the health of wildlife and humans.
Children MUST be 12 and older to participate (grade 6+). Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration. Registration link is open February 12 to April 4 until Noon at:  https://petty-spring18cleanup.eventbrite.com

Spring Birding On the Delaware
Saturday, April 21
7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Discover this hidden treasure in the Delaware River! With access granted only a few times a year this urban oasis offers a great variety of wading, shore and woodland birds in addition to views of Bald Eagles. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Petty’s Island History Hike
Saturday, June 16
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Bats of Petty’s Night Hike
Saturday, July 21
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Join us for this special evening program and learn all about bats and their many important roles in nature. With the oil tanks gone we have permission to walk the road and explore the field habitats of Petty’s Island. We know bats use the island, but we’ve never been out at night to explore. We will bust some common myths about these fascinating but misunderstood animals and discuss some of the ways we can help to protect them. As the sun goes down, we will head out and try to pick up their echolocation calls with our bat detector. There is nothing quite like a nature walk at night, so come get batty with us! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Petty’s Island History Hike
Saturday, September 15
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Early Fall Birding on the Delaware River
Saturday, September 22
7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and shore birds. Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Petty’s Island Community Clean Up Day
Sunday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to Noon

Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island. Join our team of enthusiastic volunteers to help clean up and restore the shoreline of this majestic island as part of the larger restoration project taking place. This cleanup is great for scout, religious, after school and other civic groups looking for a local volunteer project.
Children MUST be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration.

Artists in the Field
October Date TBD
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This 3-hour workshop is an introduction to creating art in the field. Our volunteer artist will show you how to use the natural world as inspiration for your next work of art. Our goal is to help you learn...and of course, have fun along the way! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited to 25. Details are given upon registration.



Check back soon for more exciting programs or go to

http://community.njaudubon.org/combined-calendar

and look for Petty's events on the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Calendar.